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Sugar Coated: The Sweeter Side of Hair Removal for Redheads

While blondes may have more fun, brunettes do it better…redheads do it pain free.

Scientific studies have shown that redheads are actually less sensitive to pain compared to people with other hair colors as well as men – what wimps. JK!

According to Professor Jeffrey Mogil at McGill University in Montreal, Canada the gene called melanocortin found in people with red hair and fair skin, give not men but women a higher pain threshold.

Now that you know just how strong your ginger genes are, are you actually still afraid of getting waxed? Have you been pushing back your appointment to 1 hour before hitting the beach? Taking an acetaminophen before enduring the hot strips hoping it would lessen the pain?

Sissy! JK (again), I totally feel your pain for pain.

There is no need to be the weakest link of the Re(d)olution anymore with Sugaring – an all natural and painless alternative to getting rid of unwanted hair.

Owner Shobha Tummala of Shobha Salons located in New York City concocts a mixture of honey, lemon juice, glycerin and water and spreads it onto skin. Then using a piece of denim (yes, like jeans) lifts the hair from the follicle. Denim is used instead of traditional muslin or linen because it does not tug the hair nor cause irritation. Overall, this gentle experience reveals baby bottom bare skin without the ache.

What to try it at home? You can purchase Shobha Sugaring Kit ($30) that contains six washable and reusable strips of denim.

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1 Recommended Product To Prolong Red Locks and Prevent Fading

Want to brighten your natural auburn, chestnut and red tones without having to commit to a long-term relationship with hair dying? Want to make your not-so-natural red hues last in between colorings?*

Well, now you can fight the fade with plants (not chemicals) by using Aveda’s Madder Root Shampoo and Madder Root Conditioner.

Since 1978, Aveda has been committed to creating botanically based beauty products that are better for consumers and our planet. Aveda’s Madder Root Shampoo and Madder Root Conditioner naturally restores red tones and is as foolproof as shampooing and conditioning, because it is!

With a single use, the gentle yet effective organic ingredients of madder root and red clover not only cleanse and moisturize hair follicles but deposits color formulated for red/red toned hair that washes out with any regular shampoo. Both products are safe to use on all hair types daily or as little as once a week to give color just a kick.

Tips from a devoted user:

  1. The longer the products (conditioner in particular as its more potent than shampoo) is left on hair before rinsing, the more vibrant your color will be. Just don’t exceed 5 minutes.
  2. Want to turn up vibrancy a notch? Turn on your hair dryer to low heat as the conditioner is setting for 2-5 mins. 
  3. If you currently color your hair these products can be used in between colorings to make your color really last.

*If you’re a redhead by-choice, speak with your colorist about using this product. Not recommended if you have or had bleach in your hair.


7 Steps to Get Christina Hendricks’ LA Magazine Cover Look

Christina Hendricks was on the July 2010 cover of LA Magazine. Inside, she woke about dying her hair red at the age of 10:

“I was obsessed with the Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables. I decided I was Anne of Green Gables. There was something that spoke to me about her, and I wanted to have her beautiful red hair. So my mother said, “Let’s just go to the drugstore and get one of those cover-the-gray rinses!” My hair was very blond at the time, but it went carrot red. And I was over the moon. I went to school the next day and felt like myself. And then I went back [to that color] over and over again…”

Wasn’t her cover look stunning too? Here are the 7 easy steps to getting her look:

1. After prepping your skin, apply a loose mineral powder like NARS Soft Velvet powder.

2. With eyelash glue and a good tweezer, apply fake eyelashes.

3. Use a liquid black eyeliner to create that dramatic Christina Hendricks eye. Make sure to go wide on the top lid and also stroke on the bottom lid.

4. Apply a cranberry lipstick.

5. To create that glossy colored lip, apply a lipgloss over your lipstick.

6. Sequin Hats were all the rage last season- but why not bring them back this season? Urban Outfitters has a great selection.

7. Large (especially blue) costume necklaces always complement red hair.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


7 Steps for Applying False Strip Eyelashes Perfectly

How to be a GLAMOROUS Redhead

Redheads are glamorous- everyone knows that! One of our favorite “getting ready techniques” is to apply fake eyelashes because they instantly make eyes fuller.

Since natural redheads usually have very light eyelashes, there are simple tricks we can apply to our makeup routine.


The beauty of false eyelashes is they are all practically the same, no matter the price difference. We have bought $30.00 eyelash sets as well as $2.00 eyelash sets and the results are pretty much the same. It’s the application that matters.

You can choose full, exaggerated eyelashes or thinner, more natural eyelashes.


Never apply mascara before you apply false lashes. You don’t want blonde eyelashes peeking through, so our 1st step is to color in the root of our eyelashes with black pencil.


When we open the package, we always trim the lashes on the side and the middle so the eyelashes fit perfectly to the eyelid. Our goal is to make them longer towards the outer corner of the eye then make sure there is barely any gap between the real eyelashes and the fake.

APPLICATION:We love the look of strip eyelashes. You can choose individual lashes, but this tutorial will focus on strip.

4. Squeeze eyelash glue onto the back of the eyelash set package and run the root of the lashes along the glue. Blow softly from side to side to make the glue a little less runny- you don’t want to burn your eyes!

5. Pick the lashes up with tweezers and bring it as close to your lash line as possible. Press from end to end and hold for 30 seconds.

6. Once dry, apply black eyeliner, following the line of the fake eyelash.

7. Apply mascara to join the eyelashes.

Optional: Use mascara on bottom lashes for an extra dramatic look.

Photo Credit: Kara Kochalko Photography
Hair + Beauty

3 Ways Redheads Can Cover Redness or Rosacea with Makeup

Many redheads face pink pigmented skin and/or rosacea and this can look and feel uncomfortable; not to mention that the color of this skin issue usually contrasts greatly with red hair.

Do you desire porcelain, crystal clear skin? Here are some easy makeup tips:

1. When covering up or hiding skin pigments, it is important to cover up red areas with green concealer. The green color will offset the red in an instant. Think of the color wheel! Recommended ‘Redhead Friendly’ Approved Product: Physician’s Formula, Green Concealer 

2. A mineral/press powder will help give skin a great finish. Recommended ‘Redhead Friendly’ Approved Product: NARS Powder Foundation 

3. Next, use a brown-ish/ warm toned bronzer to finish off the proper redhead look!

You’ll instantly notice that your skin looks gorgeous with your red locks.

Rock it like a Redhead!


Why Redheads Should Choose Apple Cider Vinegar for Shiny Hair

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is more than just a kitchen item. It can be used to strengthen and revitalize your red hair. ACV is naturally high in acetic acid and has a PH level close to that of human hair – around 3. When diluted with water, it can form into a great rinse to help bring your scalp and hair to its ideal acidity, meaning it balances the pH of the hair. It also works wonders on oily scalps. In other words, this rinse makes your red hair super shiny and healthy!

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

1 part apple cider vinegar
1 part cool water


To revive your red hair to its days of smoothness, mix the apple cider vinegar and water together. After shampooing, pour the mixture into your hair. Let the apple cider vinegar concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. No need to use conditioner! The apple cider vinegar will leave hair feeling smooth and soft.


1. Use a spray bottle to spritz the ACV mixture into your hair.

2. First time trying this rinse? Use a little at first, a tbsp or two to start, to see how your red hair takes to the rinse.

3. We recommend doing this rinse on your hair every 7-10 days. If you have super thin, opt to only 1-2 times a month.

4. Don’t worry! Your hair won’t smell like ACV once it dries.

5. Three ‘redhead friendly’ ACV options:

Bragg OrganicEden Foods for a standard ACV product

dpHUE Apple Cider Hair Rinse (seen in the H2BAR Box)

Would you try this at home? Rock it like a Redhead! 


This post was edited on December 5, 2017


Embracing Red with Boston’s Salon Mario Russo

How to be a Redhead teamed up with Salon Mario Russo, a well-known salon on Newbury Street in Boston, MA.

Julie Balewicz, a stylist of eighteen years, transformed Victoria Desmond from a brunette to a stunning redhead!

Julie specializes in red hair and sat down with H2BAR to give readers the inside scoop on tips and tricks for redheads (natural or not).

H2BAR: What advice do you give to someone wanting to dye their hair red?

JULIE: A variety of factors goes into having red hair, the main one being: personality. If you are vibrant and don’t mind being the center of attention, then red hair is the right color for you! Other factors are skin tone and natural hair color. If you’re olive skinned, go violet toned and if blonde, go strawberry blonde.

H2BAR: What recommendations do you have for maintaining red hair,  natural or not?

JULIE: Wash your hair every other day because washing it too much will cause dryness and/or a depletion of the color.  I’m also a big fan of glosses in between dye jobs because it maintains the color and treats the hair.

H2BAR: What are your favorite products for women who dye their hair red?

JULIE: I can’t find a product line strictly for redheads that I like, but I do love Oribe, Shampoo and Conditioner ($36 each) and Kerastase, Chroma Sensitive ($42). The products are beautifully made and you’ll have no fading. Sometimes, women go too brassy, so it is important to use products that will wash out the brassiness but keep the color in place.

H2BAR: What is a common myth about red hair?

JULIE: You can get the same color red over and over if you keep proper records.


Dana-Maxx: Fashion Designer,Entrepreneur and Redhead

Who do you think of when you hear: fabulous redhead, inspirational designs and fashion forward clothing?

Only one woman comes to our mind, Dana- Maxx.

H2BAR had the pleasure of speaking with Dana-Maxx about her fashion line, her life passions and how being a redhead has inspired her life as a fashion designer.

H2BARWhat is the Dana-Maxx fashion story?

DM: I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and then worked in design for Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs before launching Dana-Maxx in 2007. The line is very architectural, mixes bright pops of color with neutrals, and is always feminine, edgy, sexy and effortless.

H2BAR: Has having red hair inspired your career as a fashion designer?

DM: I love the color red because it has so many different meanings. It represents everything from anger and strength to love and sensuality.  I loved red so much that I chose to use it as one of the main colors in the new fall/winter 2011 collection. We even worked with a gorgeous red haired model in our lookbook!

H2BAR: What does 2011/2012 have in store for Dana-Maxx?

DM: It’s a really exciting time for my company! I am on a new fashion TV series called All On The Line with ELLE Magazine’s creative director, Joe Zee. My episode aired on April 26th @ 10 PM on the Sundance Channel. Viewers will be able to catch some of the red pieces I did on the show!

H2BAR: How to be a Redhead reader’s are wondering, what is your favorite trend this season?

DM: I love the minimalistic look that is big right now. Women can look and feel effortless, but accent their outfit with great pair of heels and an accessory, and they are good to go.

H2BAR: We believe being a redhead is more than just a hair color, but a lifestyle! What does being a redhead mean to you?

DM: OMG it means everything! My hair is naturally auburn, but I feel that I should have been born with bright, bold red hair, so that is what I have now.

Having red hair is like wearing a great red lipstick: you can never go wrong and it gives you a sense of confidence.

H2BAR: We love your hair! Where do you get it done? What is your secret for keeping it so beautiful?

DM: Thank you! It’s very hard to find a colorist who understands red hair. Plus, I also have very curly hair, so you put the two together, and it’s almost impossible to find someone good! I travel to a wonderful salon in New Jersey called Solace Day Spa. I have the BEST stylist named Diamond. He turned me bold red a few years ago and I haven’t looked back since.

H2BAR: All of our redheaded readers want to know, what is your number 1 beauty secret? Are there some essential “redhead friendly” products you can’t live without?

DM: Kevin Murphy makes a great shampoo & conditioner that helps maintain my red hair color and texture.

H2BAR: You are a strong woman who has worked hard to succeed. If you can give any advice to our redheaded readers, what would it be?

DM: Be true to who you are. Redheads are pretty lucky- we naturally exude a sense of fearlessness and strength just with our hair color. There is a lot of power in the color red, learn to use it to your advantage.

You can purchase Dana Maxx’s clothing featured above in specialty stores in the U.S. and online at



The Best Natural Remedy for Your Sunburn

Even though redheads are constantly reminded to apply sunscreen, a bad sunburn happens to the best of us.

READ: 16 Best Sunscreen Picks for Redheads in 2017

There’s no need to suffer through a sleepless night when this simple natural remedy will help cure your sunburn: VINEGAR.

Vinegar contains acetic acid, a component in aspirin that can relieve itching and inflammation.

At-Home Instructions: 

Grab a spray bottle and fill it with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. Apply it to the burn.

Tip #1: Make sure to not wipe it off. Let it drip dry because a towel will irritate the skin.

Tip #2: Don’t have a spray bottle handy? Dip a washcloth in vinegar and gently pat it on the sunburn. Do not rub.

WATCH: Redhead Guide to Applying Sunscreen 

Rock it like a Redhead!

*Updated April 2018


Love Your Redhead Skin: An Interview with Meghan Rothschild

Redhead-Meghan-Rothschild1-Interview-How-To-Be-A-RedheadMeghan Rothschild is a 27-year-old proud redhead, seven year cancer survivor and co-founder of

H2BAR met with Meghan to get the scoop on her life as a redhead and her message to everyone about taking care of  your skin:

MR: is actually the homepage for my business, Surviving Skin, that I founded over 3 years ago. I have been speaking on the topic of melanoma and skin cancer for over 6 years and Surviving Skin is the “name” to what I do. I travel around the country educating young men and women (mostly at high schools and colleges) about the dangers of UV exposure, both indoor and out.

At the young age of 20, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma caused by excessive tanning. Post diagnosis, I have an extensive surgery that included the removal of 8 lynph nodes, and a large chunk of skin on my abdomen. Since my experience, I have had over 30 moles removed because once you’ve had melanoma you’re at a greater risk to get it again.

My goals are to educate has many people as possible about this deadly diseae and break down the misconception that skin cancer is an “easy” cancer to overcome. The mission of Surviving Skin is as follows “Our mission is to inform men and women of all ages about the dangerous effects of sun exposure and indoor tanning bed use.”

H2BAR: We always ask: How has being a redhead shaped your life?

Well, I think with so many of us fellow redheads out there, it was a complete PITA (Pain In The Ass) when I was growing up. I was teased for my fair skin and “ginger” hair, I was called names, told I looked like “Casper the ghost.” You name it, I was called it.

Being a redhead was the reason I turned to tanning booths at the age of 17. I wanted to have a “normal” complexion and look like everyone else… I thought about dying my hair and completely changing my appearance many times.

After 2 1/12 years of indoor tanning, I was diagnosed with cancer.

It wasn’t until a year after my initial diagnosis that I began to LOVE my unique appearance. Over the past 7 years I have come to absolutely love the fact that I am a redhead and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve learned the makeup tips, the hair styling and any other trick you can think of to work what I’ve got! Now that I think of it, I can honestly say that being a redhead has shaped about 90% of who I am today (as she smiles)!

H2BAR: Do you have any regrets about the way you treated your skin?

Of course! I worry everyday about the potential for another skin cancer and of course, wrinkles. I’m 27 and use an anti-wrinkle night cream! I don’t however, regret having skin cancer. It has made me the strong person I am today and even if I could, I wouldn’t change a thing. I was diagnosed for a reason, and skin cancer awareness is my life’s mission.

H2BAR: Do you have any tips or recommendations for redheaded skin?

Moisturize, exfoliate, and have a professional help you pick your makeup colors. They know best and us redheads can be a challenge! And make sure to pamper yourself... your skin is the largest organ “in” our body. We need to treat it with love and care.

H2BAR: Do you have a favorite product/ product line?

I love Ava Anderson non-toxic. They have a fantastic line of skin care products and most of the ingredients (if not ALL) are a zero on the cosmetic database. I also love Sevin Nyne and Clarins sunless tanners – my pasty legs’ best friend.

H2BAR: What is your favorite sunscreen?

Ava Anderson SPF, Eucerin daily SPF lotion, and Neutrogena tinted facial moisturizer with a 30 SPF.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Redhead, Lauren Gott

How to be a Redhead had the distinct pleasure to interview Lauren Gott, celebrity makeup artist and redhead for the past thirteen years. She is known for her  flawless application, acute attention to detail, and unique amount of creativity!

H2BAR: What is the Lauren Gott story?

LG: I grew up in Louisiana. My home town is Lake Charles which is in the heel of the boot of Louisiana and right off the Gulf of Mexico.

Upon completion of high school I was asked to go to NYC to model with Wilhelmina Models; my older sister was a model and I believe she had inadvertently shown her booker a graduation photo of me. I thought the notion a joke due to my underwhelming height and childlike ballerina frame. I knew I would never be offered an experience quite like modeling again, so I bit the bullet and decided to spend what I thought would be a summer in NY. My academic aspirations to study medicine were soon put on the back burner when I made the tough decision to accept agency offers in Europe. I thought, school will always be there, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity I can only do when I’m young. It’s baffling how one decision can alter your entire life and career course.

H2BAR: Has having red hair inspired your career as a makeup artist?

LG: Well, I suppose I would never have become a makeup artist had it not been for my red hair and coloring. This made me unique as a model and then also as one of the few makeup artists in the industry…believe me I can count them all on one hand, myself included.

H2BAR: Being a redhead is more than just a hair color, but a lifestyle! What does being a redhead mean to you?

LG: Redheads certainly stand out in a crowd! Let’s just say we wouldn’t make the best serial killers. All jokes aside, I think there is a lot of mystery and curiosity regarding redhead’s allure, demeanor, and sexuality. We are so few and far between that I do believe we all share an inherent connection.

I also believe we redheads are more sensitive in most respects whether it be to others, to pain, emotionally, or the sun for that matter.

H2BAR: What is your secret for keeping your red locks so beautiful?

LG: I have naturally wavy curls and generally do not heat style my hair. I wash, condition, and occasionally put in a leave in conditioner; I like paraben-free organic brands. I’ll sleep on it damp and scrunch it on my pillow. When I wake up, my hair is ready to go.

H2BARWhat is your number 1 beauty secret?

LG:Suncreen. I love the sun but the sun does not love me! DeVita Sunscreen is incredible, natural, and won’t clog your pores.

H2BAR: What makeup tips do you have for redheads?

LG: Keep it simple. Suncreen, concealer, lip balm, lip color which can also be used on the cheeks, and little mascara (curl the lashes first to open the eyes up).

H2BAR: You are a strong woman who has worked hard to succeed in your line of work. If you can give any advice to our redheaded readers, what would it be?

LG: If there is one trait we all have in common, it’s relentless, fiery, determination! Plant the right seeds, tend it, and watch your aspirations grow. It’s a often a long and arduous road, but, if you love what you do, it’s always worth it.

H2BAR: What does 2011/2012 have in store for Lauren Gott?

LG: Oh dear, I would love to be doing more makeup for beauty editorial and advertising. Beauty makeup is my passion and treats the face like a canvas which tends to be more whimsical and fun. I’ve been dividing my time between NY and LA; LA keeps me more busy with celebrity work.

Want more Lauren Gott? Visit her website

Photo Credit: © Lauren Gott